“Cutting to the Chase” Meditations 11: The Hand of God
Jer 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”
This concept of God knowing us before we were even conceived is more and more mind blowing the more you think about it for it surrounds our lives with a sense of destiny and of purpose in a way that nothing else does. Yesterday I used the picture of God talking with us in our earliest moments and after we had suggested what we might come, He replied, “Yes, all that is correct but remember, over and above all those things, the most important thing is that you are my child and I see the destiny for you that together we will work at,” and I said there were (at least) three things that flowed out of that conversation, and we started on the first one, that we all either get ideas of careers or direction in life.
Now the truth may be that we never gave it a thought and just drifted into it – but, the point our verse above suggests, is that because God saw we would become His children, He established a direction for us. Hence Paul’s words, “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph 2:10) i.e. He saw us, knew what we would be like and planned the best for us, none of which overrides free will but runs alongside it, if you like.
Sometimes when you look back on your life, you have to concede that the ‘coincidences’ that occurred had to beyond coincidence.
I have referred to it elsewhere but when I was in my final troubled year at school (our class was notorious) the headmaster (who happened to be a Christian) came into the classroom and asked us each what we would like to be doing with our futures. I hadn’t a clue but several days before had been my birthday and some well-meaning person had given me a book on careers which I had only casually perused. When the head came to me, I grabbed at the first name that came to mind and blurted it out. I forgot about it, still being unclear about my future, but a few days later I was called to the head’s study (an awesome experience) and found him saying, “Right, if that is what you want to be we ought to make plans to get you into an appropriate college (this was before the days when degrees opened the doors to every profession) and before I knew it I had three top colleges in London offering me a place (he must have given me a good reference!). I
t’s a long story but the end of it resulted in me being a professional in one of the biggest firms in the City and my path opened out in further ways. My conclusion, when I look back and also listen to others, is that most of us were unable – at the time at least – to discern the hand of God on us, but it was! Now I’ve taken time over these past two studies because I believe it is so important. If you know Jesus he HAS had his hand on you all the way. If you didn’t see it, trust that and thank him.